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2015 NFL Draft Profile: Amari Cooper, Alabama wide receiver

Because why not?

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The Eagles are clearly lacking star power at the wide receiver position and while it is unlikely that they trade up big for anything other than quarterback, it's worth considering other options.

Alabama's Amari Cooper, who most Eagles fans covet in this poll, is the stud of the wide receiver group followed very shortly in front of West Virginia's Kevin White. Could you imagine a Cooper that can actually put up 1,000 receiving yards in this offense?

College Career

The Miami, Fla. native was highly-recruited coming out of high school when he committed to Alabama in 2012. He was awarded consensus Freshman All-America honors from several outlets after producing 59 receptions, 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 games (nine starts).

As a sophomore, Cooper played in 12 games (seven starts) and collected 45 catches for 736 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Last season, Cooper exploded for 124 receptions that went for 1,727 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. He won the Biletnikoff Award, was an All-American and the SEC Offensive Player of the Year.

Combine Numbers

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 211 lbs.

Arm Length: 31 1/2"

Hands: 10 inches

40: 4.42 sec.

Vertical Jump: 33 inches

Broad Jump: 120 inches

3 Cone: 6.71 sec.

Shuttle: 3.98 sec.


Cooper has terrific hands and is tough as nails. He is a really, really good route runner who can be used successfully on screens. He gets open with a nose towards the endzone and can score from anywhere. His specialty is double moves and he has the ability to get YAC even in tight coverage.

He is tough to bring down and moves with fluidity. He fights and grabs the ball out of the air cleanly and constantly draws double teams. He can take a hit and stay balanced off press coverage.


Cooper's one major weakness is his blocking ability. He needs to use better technique. He will make mental mistakes in tracking the ball at times.

Eagles Outlook

Trading up for Cooper would obviously take a lot but if he falls out of the Top 5, it could be worth it. Cooper is the best receiver in a great class for the position so he could be a dynamic fixture for the next decade. Ed Marynowitz likely knows a lot about Cooper from his time in Alabama and his connections there. If the team loves him and he's their guy, they may just go and get him.

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